This is a very tricky tactic used by an abusive person to make you crazy. Since ambient abuse can not sometimes be visible the victim may believe they are so bad and or are going nuts. The abuser may want to isolate their victim from other people as they provide the partner with reality checks such as feedback and reference points. Since their main goal is to de-stabalize the victim's reality they try to ruin these "outside influences." They may gossip about their partner to people in a manipulative manner such as pretending to be concerned for their well being as their partner is acting a little nuts. They wont give there self away to other people, they are calculated in their interactions. People may start to wonder about the partner as the ambient abuser fills their minds with distortions and the abuser apparently my come across as a nice person.Answer
Ambient abuse is the stealth, subtle, underground currents of maltreatment that sometimes go unnoticed even by the victims themselves, until it is too late. Ambient abuse penetrates and permeates everything - but is difficult to pinpoint and identify. It is ambiguous, atmospheric, diffuse. Hence its insidious and pernicious effects. It is by far the most dangerous kind of abuse there is.
It is the outcome of fear - fear of violence, fear of the unknown, fear of the unpredictable, the capricious, and the arbitrary. It is perpetrated by dropping subtle hints, by disorienting, by constant - and unnecessary - lying, by persistent doubting and demeaning, and by inspiring an air of unmitigated gloom and doom ("gaslighting").
Ambient abuse, therefore, is the fostering, propagation, and enhancement of an atmosphere of fear, intimidation, instability, unpredictability and irritation. There are no acts of traceable explicit abuse, nor any manipulative settings of control. Yet, the irksome feeling remains, a disagreeable foreboding, a premonition, a bad omen.
In the long term, such an environment erodes the victim's sense of self-worth and self-esteem. Self-confidence is shaken badly. Often, the victim adopts a paranoid or schizoid stance and thus renders himself or herself exposed even more to criticism and judgment. The roles are thus reversed: the victim is considered mentally deranged and the abuser - the suffering soul.
There are five categories of ambient abuse and they are often combined in the conduct of a single abuser:
I. Inducing Disorientation
The abuser causes the victim to lose faith in her ability to manage and to cope with the world and its demands. She no longer trusts her senses, her skills, her strengths, her friends, her family, and the predictability and benevolence of her environment.
The abuser subverts the target's focus by disagreeing with her way of perceiving the world, her judgment, the facts of her existence, by criticizing her incessantly - and by offering plausible but specious alternatives. By constantly lying, he blurs the line between reality and nightmare.
By recurrently disapproving of her choices and actions - the abuser shreds the victim's self-confidence and shatters her self-esteem. By reacting disproportionately to the slightest "mistake" - he intimidates her to the point of paralysis.
The abuser gradually and surreptitiously takes over functions and chores previously adequately and skillfully performed by the victim. The prey finds itself isolated from the outer world, a hostage to the goodwill - or, more often, ill-will - of her captor. She is crippled by his encroachment and by the inexorable dissolution of her boundaries and ends up totally dependent on her tormentor's whims and desires, plans and stratagems.
Moreover, the abuser engineers impossible, dangerous, unpredictable, unprecedented, or highly specific situations in which he is sorely needed. The abuser makes sure that his knowledge, his skills, his connections, or his traits are the only ones applicable and the most useful in the situations that he, himself, wrought. The abuser generates his own indispensability.
III. Shared Psychosis (Follies-a-Deux)
The abuser creates a fantasy world, inhabited by the victim and himself, and besieged by imaginary enemies. He allocates to the abused the role of defending this invented and unreal Universe. She must swear to secrecy, stand by her abuser no matter what, lie, fight, pretend, obfuscate and do whatever else it takes to preserve this oasis of inanity.
Her membership in the abuser's "kingdom" is cast as a privilege and a prize. But it is not to be taken for granted. She has to work hard to earn her continued affiliation. She is constantly being tested and evaluated. Inevitably, this interminable stress reduces the victim's resistance and her ability to "see straight".
IV. Abuse of Information
From the first moments of an encounter with another person, the abuser is on the prowl. He collects information. The more he knows about his potential victim - the better able he is to coerce, manipulate, charm, extort or convert it "to the cause". The abuser does not hesitate to misuse the information he gleans, regardless of its intimate nature or the circumstances in which he obtained it. This is a powerful tool in his armory.
V. Control by Proxy
If all else fails, the abuser recruits friends, colleagues, mates, family members, the authorities, institutions, neighbours, the media, teachers - in short, third parties - to do his bidding. He uses them to cajole, coerce, threaten, stalk, offer, retreat, tempt, convince, harass, communicate and otherwise manipulate his target. He controls these unaware instruments exactly as he plans to control his ultimate prey. He employs the same mechanisms and devices. And he dumps his props unceremoniously when the job is done.
Another form of control by proxy is to engineer situations in which abuse is inflicted upon another person. Such carefully crafted scenarios of embarrassment and humiliation provoke social sanctions (condemnation, opprobrium, or even physical punishment) against the victim. Society, or a social group become the instruments of the abuser.
Addendum (by a different poster) VI. Cliques of Bullies
Of course, ambient or stealth abuse and manipulation can exist in the context of any kind of relationship and intimacy whatsoever. However, sly abuse of power and underhanded manipulation, with bizarre paranoid malicious gossip and all manner of Sadistic instigators and their eager and foolish proxy pawns, are only all the easier given distance, even shunning and social isolation as experienced by targets of relational bullying and harassment, scapegoats, dissidents and whistleblowers.
In my view, creating a climate of rivalries via unfinished relationsips - such as the allegedly estranged wife the narcissist hangs onto but claims "nothing" is going on, while simultaneously being inappropriately involved considering the relationship is allegedly defunct; failing to disclose & openly conduct what is supposed to be the narcissist's current and primary relationship; insisting on communcating with past girlfriends and making it known one is doing so while agreeing this is not appropriate given narcissit's betrayals, but breaking such agreements; betraying trust by returning to past girlfriends - and so forth, is an example of what is termed "ambient abuse" because an adept and persuasive liar finds excuses and various reasons to explain away all of the above, while continuing to undermine what is supposed to be a primary relationship (and refusing to relinquish such relationship even when caught betraying trust).
The end result is a supposedly primary relationship built on nothing but lies, deceit, betrayal, complications and a pervasive atmosphere of fear in the form of intense insecurity.
The individual caught in this web of intrigue is naturally hypervigilent and afraid because nothing makes sense. Meanwhile, the narcissist inists "black" is "white".
An empty guarantee is often worse than none at all. Bound by exclusive fidelity, never reciprocated, the hapless partner of such a Narcissistic playa becomes only the more isolated and in the dark. The manipulative abuser has not only locked out any possible competition that might press fair value and dignity, but craftily enlisted the mark in the desperate and lonely effort.Answer
Husband to wife: You think you have friends?! Our friends are courteous people. They don't tell you how ridiculous they think you are, but they tell each other...and I've overheard comments. You don't have any friends; just people who feel sorry for your ignorance. People merely tolerate you out of a sense of kindness and feeling sorry for your pitiful appearance and your ridiculous ideas. Perhaps you should practice keeping your mouth shut...and while you're at it, take a look in the mirror. If that looks good to you, you're really more messed up than they think you are. Rather than embarrass me further, why don't you just stay at home so I don't have to be seen with you. After all, I would like to have friends who don't avoid me, just because they don't want to be around you or be put in a position where you're imposing on their patience and tolerance. It might be a good idea for you to consider seeing a psychiatrist. Maybe a professional could get through to you. I'm tired of trying to get through to you. You're just too far gone for me to be able to help you by telling you the truth about yourself. If you don't believe me, that's proof enough that you're beyond help. Why can't you be more like other women I enjoy being around? Do you really think it's attractive to be so boring and stupid?... but you really aren't capable of seeing the truth beyond your fairytale world, are you? You really are a mental case. You're lucky I'm so devoted to our marriage vows...or you'd be on the street. Do you think any other man would have you? Do you think you'd have even friends who pretend to be interested, if I put you out of my house? If you don't have the ability to see beyond your own warped truth, at least, appreciate the fact that I let you stay here...at least, for now. You have a roof over your head, clothes on your back and food in the kitchen. What more do you want? That's gratitude for you!!Answer
I have experienced this several times with different individuals before I realized my pattern and finally found a true friend to marry. Whatever I contributed to the household was never good enough. We could have something that was perfectly edible but he would go out of his way to get a different brand of the same food...and complain about what I brought into the home. Never really saying anything directly to me but just constantly making sure I knew that his preferences were different...and superior. The constant disregard or "forgetting" of my likes and dislikes. "Oh yes that's right; you don't like mushrooms. Well, there's plenty of the sidedish." My husband had a desk job and used to go to work and call home to check on me or tell me what to do or monitor my progress according to what he thought should be done. So annoying.Answer
Your letter mentions "ignoring my intuition". It's odd, because in my two+year relationship with an abuser, I often had feelings of dread and foreboding. Each time I was correct in those feelings, though I did indeed see him those times when he would call, drunk, and ask to see me. My gut was telling me to run in the opposite direction, but I didn't. And each time, there was drama-fights and abuse. There were times when I turned around and went home without seeing him, and I am certain I avoided trouble. In the final months, when he would call and I would return to him, almost immediately I felt sad and wanted to cry. Even if things were good for a week, or two, or three, I knew that nothing would really change. If I ever tried to discuss anything that upset him, he became angry. His apologies were always in some way my fault. Enough is enough. Nothing will change, unless I take the first step-I left him last week. As the Stabbing Westward song goes "If I must be lonely, I think I'd rather be alone". Be strong. Thanks for your input. Beverly I've experienced stealth abuse in my past two relationships, and am now addressing it and becoming healthy again. Neither of these relationships involved the classic abuse pattern (controlling behavior, extreme jealousy etc) but both were abusive none the less.
I'm 22 now. The first relationship was when I was 18, with a person a good friend of mine set me up with. He had been interested in me, and I thought he was sweet and that I'd give him a chance. I knew something was wrong but ignored my intuition -- he was immediately very intense about the relationship, talking about marriage and whatnot. He idealized me to the extreme, which I was uncomfortable with, but also routinely tore me down and criticized me, so I felt sad and confused. He also pressured me about sex. A few months into the relationship, he had sex with me against my will. I did not see him any more after that, but did try to resolve things through e-mail, which was a huge, unproductive mistake. There was no resolution with him-- he changed from idealizing me to completely devaluing me, calling me names, telling me I said and did things which in reality were his actions(!), implying I was delusional and making things up because I was in love with him, that he had the power. It was a nasty shock to me that there are really people like that out there.
The violation was my first experience having sex.
I began another relationship a year and a half later, after I'd spent a significant amount of energy dealing with my last experience and felt ready to have a positive relationship. This time it was my choosing, not a set-up, and I resolved to be true to myself. I felt comfortable enough with my partner to tell him what had happened sexually in my last relationship, and was glad that he seemed so respectful about it. He also respected my space and was reasonable and un-intense. However, several months into my relationship with him he launched into a speech about how he had dated a sexual assault survivor before, and I was similar to her and must act in certain ways because of my experience, and he felt sorry for himself for being burdened with that, and he had more power in the relationship because of it, and I would surely become co-dependent etc. He took a deep vulnerability I had shared with him and threw it back at me.
I should have walked away without looking back. But I felt threatened and scared, and sexually insecure.
He apologized later, and I believed him and continued trying to have a relationship with him. But I found that I was scared to express my emotions to him. He acted closed off and refused to have intercourse with me, and it was an executive decision rather than something we discussed together. This made my fears about sex much worse, and it didn't do much for my self esteem either. I felt completely humiliated, and that I would never be able to have a healthy relationship. He was physical with me but isolated me emotionally. When we talked about everything that had been happening between us emotionally, and started having open communication and moved into a forgiveness and resolution process, we did make love together-- my first real experience ever. But less than a week later, he cheated on me by having a threesome with my coworker and her boyfriend.
I also found out that he had cheated on me with an old girlfriend for several months, and concealed this information from me. He even got tested for HIV knowing that his results might not be fully accurate, deciding the risk was low enough to risk my health.
So, I haven't dated anyone who fits the classic abuser profile, but I've dated some pretty mean dudes.
And I am someone who is very ashamed of my relationships, and very ashamed that I let all that stuff happen to me, so I don't talk much about it. As you will see I'm even anonymous here. I feel pathetic. I feel like I should have stood up for myself and trusted my gut, walked away and made self-loving, self-respecting choices. But I will now! I learned a lot of hard lessons in a relatively short period of time.
It breaks my heart when I think of how many people are being abused. Stay strong everyone.Answer
I am or have been in a relationship just like this. Except it's things like my tone of voice. Example I had my "work voice" on instead of my normal voice so he cut the conversation off. Or he'd say I was listening but that he didn't listen (like there's a distinction some how). Offer to buy me a new bar-b-que but take it off my child support payments. And he only takes 2 out of the 3 kids (the last one is an infant) and he doesn't have the room in his apartment to take all three. But maybe he'll think about taking her on the weekends when he doesn't take the others. So I never have a childfree weekend (there's 5 children in total here). Everything is on his terms.He wants the kids to call him every night so he feels needed but frequently hangs up on them because they didn't talk to him (they're only 2 and 4 years old). If he has the kids and knows I'm going to be renovating the house he'll call several times over the weekend to see if I'm done yet, and how lonely he is. And if he knows that I'm doing something for the kids like make them a quilt or paint the room or something special for them that's going to be a surprise, then he'll tell them that he has a surprise for them. And he'll make comments like oh you must be bored if you're doing that... They're very subtle comments but they're constant. Daily really. And everything, everything is always my fault. It's terrible and he's not even here!! If i don't answer the phone then he'll either call every 15 minutes or else he'll stop by unexpectedly with a coffee. Very intrusive. Even neighbours have come over because he's asked them to stop by and "see how I'm doing". Heaven forbid if someone comes to visit!! I even get intrigated when people park their cars across the street from my house. the neighbours are just being polite saying oh there's this type of car parked outside of the house, she must have company. But if he doesn't recognize the car then the phone starts ringing and the comments come flying. He even questions things I sort through and give to the goodwill. It's a nightmare really. But at least he's no longer living in the house anymore so the physical violence, and intimidation is gone.Answer
My self confidence and sense of self is began to diminish in December of 2004. Now I have only a vague idea of what I think I have become. Iï¿½ve all but given up my identity and in some way made myself an extension of his personality. I realize from my past that Iï¿½ve always had weak ego boundaries and domineering personalities allow me to be more submissive, less confrontational and unwilling to make waves in the interests of ï¿½getting along."
I have a 2 year old daughter and she continues to witness her father constantly calling me names like that are denigrating, or having reference to filth. I'm sometimes sworn at in an appareant attempt to 'get my attention' As if I weren't listening in the first place. The outbursts were never this strong and not as frequent. We used to have fun together, now we just pass each other in the house, with me hoping I don't provoke him into another rage or another intense lecture. I'm always given instruction or directions when he leaves the house, as if I wouldn't know what to do with my time if he weren't around. It's hard to really put a finger on the abuse itself because it usually happens in a lot of different scenarios at a lot of different times. Most times, he makes it seem as though if I hadn't provoked him, he wouldn't have yelled or lost his cool or what ever. I guess, if I had to compare it to anything, it's a little like living with a slightly senile person who remembers some things, but not others. He finds you comical to torment and even if you tell him his behavior hurts you, he says things like, "I don't know what you mean." "Exactly when did I do anything that hurt you". If you come up with specific examples, they say, "I don't remember that." Then you sit there like a fool trying to find an incident he does remember and then he says you're just overreacting to an incident and pushes it off on your interpretation of it. And they honestly, honestly don't remember the incident the way that you do and if you ask them, they will tell you a completely different story in order to distract you from your true intent which is to engage them in dialogue. It is really hopeless.
I've told him several times that if he is not happy with me, he may leave at anytime. The house and the business I started are in my name alone. He owns the car. I hide within myself when he's around and I don't like to sleep with him. We don't have sex anymore. I can't stand it.Answer
I thought it was me. I thought I was being ungrateful and picky. I made excuses for his behaviour, "because he came from so far away to see me (us) and he was working so hard to save up the time to come and visit". I began a long distance romance with a firefighter in California. It was the biggest mistake I have ever made in my life. Slowly, my sense of self-worth was eroded by this needy, manipulative, narcissistic man. Obviously, I was a sitting duck. Separated and trying to raise two boys. He just slipped in under my radar. Arguments were pointless because he had a special way of making me feel like I was the crazy one. When I refused outright to allow him to help with my mortgage, his use of the words stubborn and ungrateful were like he was swearing at me. When I refused his offer of a new microwave, he went down to the breaker box and disconnected the connection (unbeknownst to me). When my old, faithful microwave suddenly stopped working, there he was with a new one. When I put a downpayment on a new door for my entranceway, he secretly went back to the store and paid it all off. This is typical behaviour for a man in the early stages of abuse - he wants to make himself indispensible. When he expressed an interest in disciplining the boys, I told him if he had issues with the boys, to discuss them directly with them, but that I was going to handle discipline. He then went on a rant about how the job of a step-parent was thankless and that I was not supporting him in his hopes of being a good father figure. We were not married/living together and I didn't consider him as anything more than "the boyfriend". He wanted to adopt the boys and when I pointed out that their father would never give up his parental rights (and had no reason to), once again, I was not being supportive. He would shame my sons into tears and be proud of it. He raped me anally when I was pregnant with our daughter and then told me I had imagined it. How do you imagine anal violation? When I wanted my daughter to have a hyphenated last name, he ranted and raved about hauling me into court and taking her away from me (she was 10 days old). He shared my innermost thoughts and feelings about my family with my brother and sister-in-law and denied that he had. He told my neighbours he couldn't refuse my request to have a baby (that I trapped him into it). He told friends that I expected him to quit his job in California and move to Canada. At that point, I was grateful for the time away from him...why would I want him to come here fulltime? When I wanted to return to school after the baby, he offered to help financially, but somehow, the money just couldn't make it from California to Ontario. Mysterious. He claimed he didn't have a checking account. Enter the financial control. Yuck. When I think about the things he did to me sexually, the hurt he caused, the humiliation. He used to tell me, "You need this". I haven't been with a man since I kicked him out 3 years ago. Don't want sex. I want to heal mentally and physically.
He had to go. He started to tell me that no one else would want me. That who else would come from so far away? I started not to care. He still watches my house. I am sure he is responsible for at least 90% of the hangup phonecalls we get. He comes to visit my daughter and uses her as an excuse to shadow me. My lawyer just doesn't get it. I guess this form of abuse is just too subtle for his brain.
This story is just a short version of the months of crazy-making behaviour I have experienced at the hands of this nut. We are still trying to wash off the "dirt" he brought into our home. Please, please listen to your instincts. If you find yourself making excuses for someone's bad behaviour, stop. It is NEVER EVER your fault. Does he scowl at you to make you behave in a certain way? Give you the silent treatment? Does he insist on taking you to appointments and picking you up? This guy was insulted when my therapist didn't want to talk to him. Like he had the inside track on my thinking...Does he show up even when you tell him you will make your own way home? You cannot change him. If he promises he will when you threaten to leave, just leave. He will not change. Above all, don't get sucked back into his game. He will just make you crazy all over again. Women deserve so much better than this. Be strong. Stand up for yourself. Believe in yourself. There are good, helpful people out there. Women's Shelters and Sexual Assault Centres are good places for support. Calling a Crisis Line can get you in contact with other sources. I found this website interesting - although some of the messages are not very helpful.AnswerI need to share here because I have been told to look into this matter because of my past actions. I can say, that I am shocked that i have done some of these things. More so, I am ashamed that I did this to someone close to me that I love. I am not asking or looking for pity, in fact, i will probably incur wrath from some. And that is totally acceptible, because i have no one to blame other than myself. I can not blame my past, my lost girlfriend, or any other factors. I am held accountable for my actions and I accept that. Seeing first hand what the results are of hurting someone I love is devastating. The fcat that I can not take back my actions makes it even worse, but I have to accept the consequences of my actions and the only course of action left to me is to recognize my faults and correct them for the good of all, even if that means losing the one I love forever. Never were my intentions malicious, yes, I have said things that should NEVER be said to a woman and i regret those words and will for as long as i am alive. The damage i did makes me feel ashamed of myself. This is in no way a narcissistic view of myself, if it was I wuld be saying that "she deserved it" and free myself of the guilt. Instead, I am admitting my faults and owning up to them. i screwed up, plain and simple, no excuse. I am hoping I never caused her to feel scared of me in a violent way, the last thing i could ever do is hurt her physically. Striking a lady goes against my principles. I do know that i have never lied to her, and although she has left, she can say without a doubt that I did not ever lie to her. Because of a past incident in her life, i harped on her and made her feel bad about herself. Looking back now, i was wrong in every sense. It was not my business nor my right to question her, what was in the past should have stayed there and her actions do not define who she really is, a lady. I caused her to doubt herself and lose the self esteem she has earned. I caused her emotional pain that i could not fathom other than what i am going through and even then, it is in no way comparable. I deserve what i am feeling, and the sole person to blame is myself and my stupid behavior. She is by far a better person than I will ever be and I hope that she knows that.
Now with all that said, i want to address the 5 categories I read above:
1. Inducing disorientation: I am still in the process of going over all the things that may have caused this in her. Although i supported her in all her endeavors, i failed to tell her. I told my friends how great she was in handling dilemmas, but it should have been her i told. I did make her doubt her decision from the past but I did not use lying as a tool. I used my black/white perception (which is changing). I did encourage her to pursue her dreams in her sport and life. But I did not do it consistently.
2.Incapacitating: I do not believe i did this, although she is the one who can answer this best. I would help her if she needed help, but I did not see her as a hapless person who needed me to do everything for her. Although i did try to offer advice on certain situations and how to handle them in order to make things easier for her (she works hard and I was attempting to alleviate some of the burdens).
3.Shared Psychosis (Follies-a-Deux): I live in the real world so i do not see this as a factor. I did not perceive "imaginary enemies" other than those I have actually encountered in real-world situations, which she was no where near. The ones I faced were real and if any of you have been in the "Sand Box" you will understand. I did test her integrity and loyalty, which i hold as a creed. I showed her complete loyalty and integrity, i would never violate that and would expect the same. I do not believe in flirting, cheating, or any other way that would make her doubt she was the one I loved.
4.Abuse of Information: I was allowed access to her email and phone records and I did look at it. Just as i offered her access to mine so she could have peace of mind if she wanted it. I abused that and now see it as an invasion of privacy that I should not have done.
5.Control by Proxy: The only times I have "recruited" anyone was to talk to her. She is angry with me and if she could hear from others I believed that she would listen to a third party. I did not prod, cajole, or script anything. My friends are just that, friends, and they saw how devastated I am and asked if they could do anything. All I asked is if they had anything to say, to just call her and talk. But I do not dump them.
There is no doubt i did some wrong things, probably a lot in her view (which is what counts the most). But the fact now is she is devastated and I am to blame for that. With her bringing this up to me, I am able to look at the harm I caused. I am hoping that it is not too late, because now that it is out in the open, I can see it and do something about it. Whatever changes i need to make are not impossible now that they are in full view in my eyes. They are changes i will make in order to make right what I have done wrong. I know deep inside that these are things that are not impossible but rather "common sense". Her fear is that i will revert back to the same thing, but the real truth is I am going to revert back to the original person she first met and fell in love with. I can remember her smile and laughter and beaming love and that is what i wish more than anything to see again. Her trust in me is not going to happen right away, and i understand that and accept that and the only thing that is left to do is show her these changes and keep showing her over and over. Maybe one day she will accept me and believe in me again. Now that i have been shown the outcome of my actions, it is my responsibility and duty to her to show her how much she means to me and never fail her again. And i would expect of her to not take any "crap" from me and tell me so.
This is a topic I so desperately need to do research on to build a battered woman's case in a law-suit with my battering ex-husband's sister (she is his defender and enabler and traitor to battered women. . Her brother once beat someone up with a baseball bat the guy was in intensive care, but Valerie has stated in legal documents she is "proud to be an enabler" (and supposedly the defender of family honor...the one who makes more money that all of us and can therefore "save" us all". Anyhow, I barely have time for all the research but I would love to hear from any and or all of you on my message board. There is so much perception here of the subtle treachery. Anyhow, I really want to mention that long ago I wondered how to detect an abuser (after I came out of an abusive childhood wwith a cruel mother who tried to kill me in a car accident over a lollipop I asked for) and many years later I could spot an abuser plain as day in borad daylight. One of thee most prevalent characteristics of these men is that at FIRST they make the most obvious public displays of their interest (how inappropriate...intimacy is private, not public). They try to occupy the heights of public life while they attempt to conquer you. You'd almost cower in the grocery store in submission if you didn't realize how despicable this type of "courtship" is. They do it in public at first because the odds are you are not going to publicly embarrass him or yourself. Public domination is almost a guarantee you'll "be nice". So I've had to defend myself in public plenty and not feel the slightest bit guilty over the fact that I've saved myself from this type of public exploitation where I have no choice except to be "nice". You're out there trying to work and take care of personal needs...you're not out there to "socialize" or make friends. You already have plenty of friends, you socialize plenty, your time is your time whenever you choose it. The fact that you are walking in broad daylight does not mean you are an open door they can walk through. One more thing....lets not confuse when "nice guys" are just nice just to be nice. Not everyone who is nice means he wants to jump into bed. And that works both ways. I've had plenty of guys think I meant more than I did just because I meant to be polite and "nice."
I should certainly hope that not all solicitation of third party consultation or even of intervention outright automatically constitutes abuse by howsoever unwitting proxy! I'd even hope that all public attention of any sort whatsoever does not automatically constitute manipulation by deliberately creating awkward tension and invading privacy. I certainly hope that there can be allowance for interest and support. Otherwise, I might need to invest in a portable cone of silence! The concept of stealth abuse is not of simple misunderstanding but of something intentional and devious.
You would have to be examined by a qualified professional in order to be diagnosed with PTSD. With this diagnosis you may be referred to a psychiatrist who might prescribe medication or a psychologist who may have talk therapy sessiins with you or Biofeedback sessions where your mind and body has to be retrained to relax. I was diagnosed with PTSD after a bad car accident. I had to go through all of the things I just mentioned.
You don't have to retaliate - their life is retaliation enough - can you image what it would be like never to know the genuine love of another human being - to grow old in a lonely loveless life with meaningless EVERYTHING - imagine having an empty hole to feed constantly and never be full - the narcissist is damned to HELL on earth.
The narcissist has freed you - you were his slave and now you are free - run run as fast as you can - DO NOT LOOK BACK - his life is worthless - yours has JUST BEGUN - Go live it - find REAL love - REAL Happiness - Go into a relationship that is EQUAL and thank God everyday that you have been given a chance to LIVE!
You can phone any hospital and get this information or phone the Mental Health Clinic in your area and they will put you on the right track. Unfortunately, unlike our other doctors, there are no real records kept on psychiatrists (this should be changed in the next few years.) It's tough to know who is good and who isn't. The best thing you can do is "interview them!" If you don't feel right with them then move on to another one. You will know the right doctor by the way they ask you questions and if they show signs of understanding any problems you may have.
Good luck Marcy
Psychiatrist aren't the only ones who can treat PTSD, if you are specifically looking for a Psychiatrist in your area I would look for one based on what your needs are. The first step is start with your insurance company, they might have a list of Psychiatrist that you can see. Second I would check out there years of practice, based on your needs what do they "specialize" in? Most Psychiatrist only prescribe medication, so seeing a psychologist might be better. Psychotherapy is the use of psychological techniques to change behaviors, feelings, thoughts, or habits. It's used to relieve symptoms of emtional or behavioral dysfunction or distress. It's used to help people achieve greater self awareness and more forward with life. There are wide varieties of psychotheraputic approaches ( behavioral, congnitive, psychodynamic)Psycotherapy is for people experiencing depression,anxiety,anger, not feeling in control of your life. Relationship problems, PTSD. It's something that can really be life changing. It helps. You can call your insurance company, or talk with your primary care doctor about getting a referral. If you don't have a primary care doctor I would start with a support group in your area. There is depending on your area a group for mental health that will have area doctors. Check out the links to the right, those might help :)
Psychologists can be extremely helpful also in treating PTSD. Look for one under the category of "anxiety disorders."
If you have trouble finding a therapist in your area, you can look online, they have many qualified therapists who specialize in PTSD.
You need a medical professional to diagnose you for PTSD. Start with your insurance and look for board certified professionals.
He considers himself fortunate that he was not charged criminally and court marshalled for striking an officer, and goes home to carry on with his life as best he can.
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By identifying and listing the problems within that project and suggestion the solutions.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is emotional and physical problems that happen after a horrible event such as war or disaster.
PTSD has nothing to do with affairs. I have PTSD, and no research have anything about tending to have affairs, the one behavior connected to PTSD other than fear is addiction
It really depends on what the trauma was. How long did the trauma last? The age of the individual. etc. There are so many other variables. But in the long run PTSD, can occur decades after the trauma. I am still dealing with my trauma and it ended in the late 1970's. So be prepared for this to be a long lasting problem. With therapy and medication it symptoms of PTSD can be lessened. Also it will lessen with time by itself. This may not be all good news. I just think you would appreciate a real answer to this question.
Only a qualified doctor or therapist can diagnose a condition like PTSD.
You would need to speak with a mental health professional who specializes in such issues. Anyone can speculate and make up stuff for you, telling you what you want to hear, but if you want to do it right and accurately, you need a professional.
The way to the answers you seek is kind of trecherous. If you are a military type person the doctors that examine you in the military and/or VA facility must hear specific key phrases, as if they are using a flow chart to determine if you are actually suffer from PTSD. It's not their fault; it's just the system. Also if one doctor tells you you're not affected another might say that you are, so get a second opinion or three. THIS IS IMPORTANT ! Google the word and research different support groups so that you can better explain what you are experiencing to the doctors.
PTSD is an anxiety disorder, a type of psychological disorder.
If you suspect someone is suffering with PTSD you should take them to a Psychologist. Some of the signs of PTSD are nightmares, hypervigalance, and insomnia.
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PTSD military veterans "can" face difficulties getting gun permits. BUT, I am an OIF war vet from 2003/2004, and I have been diagnosed wit PTSD, and own firearms. The certain question on the form when purchasing a firearm is meant mainly towards mentally disturbed individuals that are or have been hospitalized against their will to a mental hospital, or on depression medication for depression, and so on and so forth. You can ask any veteran (most likely working at a gun shop or VFW and American Legion) about this also.
Another thing you need to pay attention to, is that a lot of Law Enforcement Officers are also diagnosed with PTSD whenever they have to use their firearm or other forms of protection in the line of duty, and yet, they are still allowed to carry and use a firearm. Why not a veteran soldier who has put his or her life on the line and probably fired his or her weapon more times than an entire police station worth of officers to end/protect lives? Ask yourself and others this.
There are 3 factors that affect mental heath: The hereditary,physical,and socio cultural.
Other factors affecting mental health:
2. Physical Health
3. Parents and Home
4. Habit training in Childhood
5. Ethical and Moral Upbringing
6. Personal Effort to Practice Mental Hygiene
7. Brain Factor
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This depends completely on the age group of your youngest child. Up until at least seven years of age, most of what a child is going to understand is that sometimes someone they love gets really-really sad or really-really angry. They don't understand why, they just know it is scary. You try to let them know that it isn't their fault, but kids internalize things, so you need to be consistent with that. Dissociating is going to be a lot harder to explain. And kids of any age pick up on it, even infants. You might try equating it with daydreams and nightmares. If they are old enough, that's something they can try and grasp. You don't have to bring up the why. The most you even have to infer is that "something is wrong or broken." As kids get older, and feel more prepared to hear the hard truths of life, then you can let them know that something bad happened, and later what exactly that something was.
What is stress?
Stress is hyperactivity at rest. Stress occurs in the mind. However, in stress no thoughts are involved and therefore it doesn't distort thinking. Thus, by any definition it can't be considered as a mental disorder.
Where does stress occur?
Human mind has seven layers or states the lowest being the least power consuming and thus is just used to hibernate.
The normal default mind is the central part called natural mind that just maintains status quo and we can't afford to use it because we want to progress relentlessly.
The topmost layer is the Compulsive mind which is the most power consuming. However, it makes us highly energetic and converts any of our thoughts into actions easily.
Thus, we modern people use compulsive mind as default mind.
What causes stress?
Stress is caused by using Compulsive mind for prolonged periods while at rest. Therefore, stress is more when business is less. It is less when business is more even if wo
rk load is more.
Stress is a feeling indicating prolonged wastage of energy.
It must be mentioned here that stress can be reduced by a business management expert also by improving the business.2. PSYCHOSOMATIC DISORDER:Psychosomatic disorders are caused by failed competitive blockade.
In competitive blockade we make a feeling of physical abnormality to enter the conscious mind at precisely the same time as a mental abnormality.
Initially this mechanism prevents both the physical and mental problems from manifesting and thus gives false peace and false control over our body and mind . Thus, by a simple trick we get rid of two problems.
However, if the blockade fails then the physical problem starts appearing to be as big as the mental problem and comes at times when we expect the mental problem. It is also resistant to treatment.
Therefore, stress can't be considered as a psychosomatic disorder
if you have a number of write ups, article 15's etc than yes. Your best bet is to get into medical treatment on base, make your chain of command aware of your diagnosis, and consult with JAG about your legal recourse and options.
a medical chapter is certainly better than a bad conduct discharge, if it's headed there. Explore what benefits you are entitled to under varios discharges, chapters, and disability provisions.
Seek a trained professional to provide assistance, preferably a counselor experienced in dealing with Post Traumatic Stress. PTSD is extremely likely in this case.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is very common among veterans. PTSD is a disorder which is experienced by normal people who have survived violent, disturbing, or life-threatening situations, such as abuse or car accidents. One symptom is anxiety, which could explain the trouble sleeping. However, the salient symptom of PTSD is recurring, uncontrollable memories or flashbacks of the disturbing event or events.
Post traumatic stress disorder, often abbreviated as PTSD, refers to a psychological condition where a person who has lived through a serious trauma (such as witnessing a murder, being in combat during a war, being the victim of a crime like rape or assault, etc) is affected by this trauma even months or years later. A triggering event, something that suddenly reminds the person of the trauma, can take the person back to that horrible experience and make him or her relive it all over again. PTSD is not only characterized by flashbacks (vivid recollections of the event); it can also cause nightmares, severe fear or anxiety, and depression. PTSD is treatable, and there are skilled therapists who can to help people with PTSD to find a way to move forward. The treatment is often a combination of medication and talk therapy.
Each individual is different so yes, if he was threatening you verbally or physically abusive or made you do things that you hated doing. Our minds cope with horrific things in order to protect us from going "over the edge." For some the survival instinct comes out immediately, while it takes some other individuals time to find their survival instinct, but you can bet they will. After living in an extremely bad environment and the person has belittled you for months or years it's best to get counseling. You are stronger than you think! =Answer= I had nightmares for awhile. I kept waking up in the middle of the night swearing I heard my ex prowling around my house or screaming my name from out in the street. I would feel his prescence like some wierd ghost or something, especially when I was doing something (innocent of course) that he wouldn't like. I was real jumpy when people around me would yell or argue. Don't know if this was even a mild form of PTSD, but I totally believe it could happen. One of the best movies I saw with a very coy, high-end and intelligent abusive man was "Sleeping With The Enemy" with Julia Roberts. It's on DVD and a good movie to watch. I understand what the last poster is saying and that's exactly how she felt. If you haven't seen this movie then please do. It has a happy ending!
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